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Boilers OL and the next opponent

Is the Boiler OL that far away from being a better force? After playing the last 2 games, we have different answers. Before digging in, let's first compare the recruiting rankings of all B1G teams. The source for the following is:

https://athlonsports.com/college-football/big-ten-football-ranking-rosters-2021

Below are the national recruiting ranking averages for Big Ten schools over the last five (2017-21) classes according to 247Sports' Composite Team Rankings and each team's record over the last five (2016-20) seasons. Obviously, this doesn't account for attrition but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference.

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Rosters in 2021

Rk

Team

'21

'20

'19

'18

'17

Avg

W/L

Conf.

1

Ohio State

2

5

14

2

2

5.0

56-7

38-3

2

Michigan

10

14

8

22

5

11.8

39-19

28-14

3

Penn State

21

15

12

6

15

13.8

46-16

32-13

4

Nebraska

20

20

17

23

23

20.6

25-32

18-26

5

Maryland

19

31

47

28

18

28.6

20-34

11-30

6

Wisconsin

15

26

29

46

39

31.0

46-16

31-11

7

Iowa

23

36

41

39

41

36.0

41-19

27-17

8

Michigan State

43

44

33

31

36

37.4

29-29

19-24

9

Minnesota

37

38

45

38

59

43.4

35-23

20-23

10

Purdue

73

32

25

52

72

50.6

22-34

15-27

11

Northwestern

49

47

51

58

50

51.2

36-25

27-16

12

Indiana

54

57

36

50

62

51.8

30-28

19-24

13

Rutgers

41

61

65

56

42

53.0

12-45

6-39

14

Illinois

74

88

53

54

46

62.8

17-40

10-34

Based on recruiting rankings, Nebraska should be at the Top of the B1G West. They also signed 5 transfers in 2020 and 2021, so Frosty must have been looking for some immediate impact. With those great classes, what’s going on in Lincoln? We shall see this weekend.

Now onto the Boiler OL review. It would seem obvious the Boilers OL is a weakness and lacking depth. Weakness, yes, but lacking depth may not be the issue. So first, I took a dive into the recruiting of our last opponent, Bucky. The following are the number of OL signed from 2017-2022. The rankings again, are per 247sports.

2022 2 – OL so far; 1=4* & 1=3*

2021 3 - OL in a class of 21; 1=5* (0.9918 Rating), 2=4*

2020 5 - OL in a class of 20; 2=4*, 3=3*

2019 2 – OL in a class of 19; 1=5*, 1=4*

2018 only 1 - 3* OT in a class of 20

2017 3 – OL in a class of 18; 1=4*, 2=3*

So, my theory of needing to sign 4-5 OL every year does not hold up when you can recruit 4 & 5* OL like WI. In the years 2017-2020, those players should be most of the depth for WI in 2021. Obviously, there is attrition, but it amounts to: 11 total recruits; 1-5*, 4-4*, and 6-3*. In these years, I did not see any transfers signed.

Looking at Purdue vs. WI in recruiting from 2017-2020, I was surprised at the total.

5 stars 0 vs 1

4 stars 1 vs 4

3 stars 16 vs 6

2 stars 1 vs 0

Transfer 1 vs 0 (Greg Long, 2* in HS)

Total recruits 19 vs. 11 WI

What really hurts Purdue is the recruits remaining from 2017-19 are only 6 of 14. The other thing I noticed is that most of the Badger recruits were 20 pounds heavier. So, I eat crow in that the numbers in recruiting are good enough. It comes down to adding bulk, developing players, luck in avoiding major injuries, and maybe landing another 4* on occasion.

In looking at the current roster, there is now plenty of size (300 pounders). So is the problem strength or ability to teach technique, and fit a balanced offensive scheme? This is what the coaches are paid to do. Hopefully the coaches and players are not far off from turning the corner. What's your thoughts?

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